Medication and continuing education: New rules in New York racing

The New York State Gaming Commission Sept. 24 passed several rule amendments related to equine medication, including further restrictions on the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and a total ban on stanozolol, an anabolic steroid.

The NYSGC also amended rules regarding the role of veterinary technicians on the backstretch and a requirement for continuing education for trainers each year.

NSAIDs already are banned on race day in most racing jurisdictions. In New York racehorses can be administered multiple NSAIDs up to 48 hours before a race, but the new NYSGC rule, which could take six months to implement, allows only one such drug to be used in the week leading up to a race.

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